Surface plankton samples were collected during CONCORDE cruise PTS03 (July 23rd-July 30th, 2016) using a Neuston (1 x 2 m frame) fitted with a 505-µm mesh net. The Neuston was fished for 10-minutes at the air-sea interface between the Chandeleur Islands and the Alabama/Florida border to assess the horizontal distribution of plankton under variable freshwater discharge and low dissolved oxygen conditions characteristic of the summer. Related data from this cruise can be found in GRIIDC datasets: R4.x260.000:0009 (zooplankton and ichthyoplankton), R4.x260.000:0028 (mesozooplankton dry weight), R4.x260.000:0003 (BIONESS collection data), and R4.x260.000:0036 (mesozooplankton gut fluorescence).
Frank Hernandez, Carla Culpepper. 2017. Neuston sample collection data in the northern Gulf of Mexico, cruise PTS03, July 2016. Distributed by: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC), Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. doi:10.7266/N7SB443H
To describe the station information and field conditions for each neuston sample collected during the summer CONCORDE field campaign (July 23 - July 30, 2016).
Data Parameters and Units:
Station and Field Data Tab: Tow Number, Cruise, UTC Date (DD-MM-YYYY), Station, CONCORDE sample ID, Water Depth (m), Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Sea State, Weather State, Start Time (UTC, HH:MM), Start Latitude (Degrees, Decimal Minutes), Start Longitude (Degrees, Decimal Minutes), End Time (UTC, HH:MM), End Latitude (Degrees, Decimal Minutes), End Longitude (Degrees, Decimal Minutes), Tow time (mm:ss), Mesh size (µm)